Shepard High School, Cafeteria Expansion

Palos Heights, Illinois

  • FIRM

    DLA Architects, Ltd.


    Community High School District 218

  • AREA

    14,500 sq.ft.





In a nod to the school’s astronaut namesake, a “space odyssey” motif greets 800 students every lunch period. Suspended clouds of ceiling tile and an aluminum grid morph into varying shapes beneath a black exposed-roof structure.

A two-story glass curtainwall, penetrated by a masonry colonnade mimicking the architecture of the existing building, brings in daylight. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$193.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service AreasSUB CATEGORYRenovation to the energy efficiency are programmable fluorescent lights, switched for multiple levels of illumination and controlled by motion sensors. The mechanical system features a Web-based direct digital control (DDC) system consisting of a high-speed, peer-to-peer network of DDC controllers.

The cafeteria features flatscreen monitors at the serving lines and the snack bar that display messages or announcements transmitted via the district’s Intranet. These monitors and a video projector are tied into the school’s cable service, allowing the broadcast of important current events and headline news to a large group.

The addition boasts a snack bar and is a restricted entry for the adjacent gym. The cafeteria serves as a concession/reception area during athletic events and after-school activities.